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Daddy and Me Hardcover – November 16, 1993

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"What you will see here is a portrait of Arthur and Camera as they care for each other on bad days and play together as father and daughter on good days," writes Arthur Ashe's widow, Moutoussamy-Ashe, in her introductory note. Anything but sentimental or maudlin, her photographs effectively and affectingly chronicle daily interactions between Camera and her father after he contracted AIDS. In a straightforward, first-person narrative accompanying the pictures, Camera talks about how she helps her father through his "bad" days, and how he does the same for her. As the book comes to a close, she explains how "Daddy got AIDS from a blood transfusion during a heart operation." Her final words ("And one thing's for sure--I love my daddy and my daddy loves me. That is the best medicine and we both agree!") give no indication that Ashe died. As written, the book allows parents to direct their own discussions about AIDS, and reinforces the impression that Camera's special relationship with her father will live forever in her memory. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ages 4-8. Despite adult readers' poignant memories of Arthur Ashe as a tennis legend and AIDS victim, in this book, children will meet him simply as Camera's daddy. As Camera's mother explains in her well-focused introduction, the book tries to give parents a way to talk with young children about AIDS by showing "Arthur and Camera as they care for each other on bad days and play together as father and daughter on good days." In the first-person text, Camera talks about her daddy and the things they do together, ordinary things like pumping gas into the car and saying their prayers together at bedtime, or not-quite-so-ordinary things like playing with a stethoscope when she visits her father in the hospital. Although she explains that her father has AIDS, this comforting book reflects the experiences of many children living with a chronically ill parent. The matter-of-fact tone of the text is reflected in the clear, expressive black-and-white photos, portraying the loving give and take of father and daughter. Though Ashe died in 1993, the message of this is one of joy. As the author puts it in her introduction: "The power of love is everlasting." Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (November 16, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679950966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679950967
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,813,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
"Daddy and Me" presents the realities of living
with a parent who has contracted the HIV virus.
I've read this book to fourth grade students for
the past two years as a part of our Human
Sexuality/HIV curriculum that is mandated by our
district. Both years the children came away with
new insights into the AIDS crisis. The book is an
excellent tool to initiate the lesson. Although I
have read the book many times, I still find it
difficult to get through without crying.
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